Grantham court: Victim needed dental surgery after punches

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A fitness instructor required nearly £3,000 worth of dental surgery after a 23-year-old punched him on a night out.

A charge of ABH was admitted by Owen Paul Bramford, of Earlesfield Lane, Grantham, when he appeared before magistrates.

Prosecutor Jim Clare detailed how the victim had been on a night out. At about 3am on December 19, while in Pizza Place, Bramford came over and asked him to come outside.

They went to the side of the takeaway, where Bramford shoved the other male with both of his hands, causing him to slip on some liquid. While he was on the ground, Bramford punched him to the face with alternating blows and clenched fists.

The victim’s mouth filled with blood, and a tooth was knocked out. He was able to get away in a taxi, and attended A&E in Grantham, where he needed stitches to a split upper lip. He then received further treatment at Lincoln County Hospital, including a mesh to stop his other teeth moving into the gap.

Another tooth was so badly damaged it only had a five per cent chance of recovering, and a decision was taken to remove it.

He was restricted to a liquid diet, including his Christmas meal, and in total has had to pay around £2,750 in dental reconstruction.

In his statement, read out in court by Mr Clare, he added that it had affected his confidence, with him often covering his mouth now when he talked, and that he had been left with a lisp which impacted on his job as a fitness instructor.

Rob Arthur, defending, said that his client was reacting to some comments on Facebook in relation to his current partner, and that it was chance meeting between the two men in town.

Giving a pre-sentence report to magistrates, Kiran Patel, of the probation service, said Bramford never wanted to hurt the victim and alcohol had played a large part in his actions.

The defendant had recently moved in with his partner and their baby, but as a result of this incident he lost his job and was on benefits. He also said that he did not drink to excess ever since he himself was punched by a stranger, leaving him with a bleed on the brain.

The court was told Bramford had been cautioned for violence in the past and this had been related to drink.

Mr Arthur added: “He is clearly very remorseful and has an empathy and an understanding of his actions. He is not gloating about his actions or the injury caused to the complainant.”

Magistrates handed Bramford an 18-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.

As part of the suspended sentence order he must also carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and undergo a 15-day rehabilitation course. He must also pay his victim £1,500 in compensation.